Michael Agosti, IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI & CVFI

Fire Analyst in Chicago

(847) 487-5776

While serving as a professional fire analyst and staff expert for Agosti & Associates for the past twelve years, Mr. Agosti has conducted several hundred fire and explosion fire scene investigations. These include fires and explosions in single family dwellings, high rise structures, commercial structures, as well as vehicles and heavy equipment. His responsibilities and experience as a fire analyst include photography, witness interviewing, report writing, evidence collection and deposition/trial testimony. He has successfully managed large scale joint fire scene inspections involving dozens of other parties and experts.

Not only does Mr. Agosti work in the private sector, but for the past eighteen years has served as a firefighter/paramedic and a certified fire investigator for the Skokie, Illinois Fire Department. He has conducted criminal arson investigations that have led to successful criminal charges.

Mr. Agosti has experience and knowledge beyond fire and explosion analysis, to include fire department operations in all aspects, including technical rescue, hazardous materials and emergency medical. He is also proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps, where he gained invaluable, worldwide experience in leadership and work ethics and was honorably discharged.

Professional Qualifications

Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators
Certified Arson Investigator, State of Illinois
Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, NAFI
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, NAFI
Certified Paramedic
Certified Rope Rescue
Certified Trench Rescue
Certified Confined Space Rescue
Certified Collapse Rescue
Certified Fire Apparatus Engineer
Certified Hazardous Materials Operations
Licensed Private Detective, , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan & Wisconsin


International Association of Arson Investigators
National Association of Fire Investigators
International Association of Fire Fighters

Practice Areas

Fire and Explosions

Arson defense/prosecution; electrical fires; gas explosions; vehicular fires; structure
fires; fire deaths/injuries. Fire scene evidence and spoliation issues.

Building and Fire Codes

Fire/Building code violations; Life Safety Code violations; smoke detector issues; fire
spread issues; fire prevention analysis.

Fire Department Practices

Fire department operations/practices/management; fire
fighter deaths/injuries/safety; discipline and termination issues.

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